I first met the Smokin guys in Vegas last year and let me say it was interesting, the owner Jay had definitely partied like a rockstar the night before. But anyways they were down to explain some stuff to me about their boards. When the on snow demo came around I got to make runs with Jay and we got probably the sickest pow run of the day together. Their boards are super quality and fun to ride the MIP is a sick park stick that I put to the likes of the Capita Stairmaster and the Atomic Hatchet. So when I saw this chance I figured I’d share with my readers.
SMOKIN SNOWBOARDS HANDS SHOP KIDS THE REMOTE WITH THE “M.I.PRO!?” COMPLETE WITH MAGNE TRACTION &
100% RECYCLED P-TEX SIDEWALLS.
Here’s what I had to say about the MIP with Contrabands
155 Smoking MIP (minor in possession) with Ride Contrabands (08/09)Stance 22.5 with 18 negative 15 goofy
Boots: Vans Fargo Boas size 10
Conditions: Overcast, windy, and poop weiner
One Word: Poppy
The board is absolutely sick, super light, and poppy. While being stable at speeds with minimal chatter. The bindings however suck donkey balls. The board was stable off small drops, great for popping, easy to jib, has a great shape for doing tweaked out grabs. The bindings took forever to set up and ended up having 3 people work on it before they got it done for me. The toe strap is a weak ass design at best, it grips right over the big toe and the side of the big toe. The heel strap, which has too put way more torque on it to feel locked in, actuates it and even then I was still feeling play. The damn thing crippled my feet so bad its still hurting 5 days later. There was no cush to that heel strap and it just tweaked my foot bad. This binding needs serious work. The toe clip thing is cheap ass plastic and doesn’t do shit to hold you in tightly.